Hi all. I am new to the forum and to the CTX700 but not new to motorcycling. Downsized to a CTX700ND from a 1731cc Victory Cross Roads and am loving it! Traveling two wheels more for commuting now, but I took my first long ride two weeks ago - 300 miles! My CTX ("Ash") handled superbly and operated beyond expectations. It was windy, and the bike held on to the road pretty well. I road hours in the rain with confidence because of the bike's exceptional performance. It also helped that we put driving lights on the engine guards so I could be SEEN more. Thank you to everyone for helping me make certain choices about add-ons. Excellent advice!!